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Enjoyed the cruise with 40 friends and neighbors from our Del Webb 55+ community. Were interested in visiting Quebec, other Canadian ports, and Maine during fall foliage season. Don't know we would have chosen it otherwise as we much prefer smaller ships, e.g. Oceania and Viking Oceans. Best meal of the trip was in the Crown Grill - a really tasty ribeye. Nothing at all special about Horizons buffet, main dining room (Botticelli), or Sabatinis. We ate at 5:30 most evenings and felt rushed as they needed to make room for second seating. Also no wine steward so our drinks were often late arriving. When we were back from excursions early enough, we went to Crooners Bar for drink before dinner and then just ordered one glass of wine as soon as possible when we sat down for our meal. Seemed to help when we didn't order more than one drink. Often arrange our own excursions, but did take advantage of several offered by Princess. Enjoyed the Sugar Shack the first night on ship; Lulu Lobster Boat in Bar Harbor; and Kennedy Library and John Adams House/Library in Boston. Tendered in just one port - Bar Harbor - and that went very smoothly. Can't really comment on the entertainment. Our days were so full, we were in bed fairly early. Those in our group who had been on other Princess ships, however, said the Crown productions/shows were disappointing. On the 2 at-sea days, they scheduled cards and Mah Jongg early afternoon in the Botticelli Dining Room. The Princess had sets available, but it took a bit at the start to find a complete set. Would also have been nice to have a waiter bring us drinks but we were on our own until they finally set up a water cooler with cups. Were very comfortable in our cabin (see below). Starboard, we had a fabulous view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan from our balcony the morning we disembarked. Really looking forward to being back on Oceania Riviera next May. Will also definitely visit Nova Scotia and Maine again, but on a driving trip where we can spend more time in each area.

Enjoyed First Time in Canadian Ports, but Crown Princess Nothing Special

Crown Princess Cruise Review by OBX Cruisers

Trip Details
Enjoyed the cruise with 40 friends and neighbors from our Del Webb 55+ community. Were interested in visiting Quebec, other Canadian ports, and Maine during fall foliage season. Don't know we would have chosen it otherwise as we much prefer smaller ships, e.g. Oceania and Viking Oceans.

Best meal of the trip was in the Crown Grill - a really tasty ribeye. Nothing at all special about Horizons buffet, main dining room (Botticelli), or Sabatinis. We ate at 5:30 most evenings and felt rushed as they needed to make room for second seating. Also no wine steward so our drinks were often late arriving. When we were back from excursions early enough, we went to Crooners Bar for drink before dinner and then just ordered one glass of wine as soon as possible when we sat down for our meal. Seemed to help when we didn't order more than one drink.

Often arrange our own excursions, but did take advantage of several offered by Princess. Enjoyed the Sugar Shack the first night on ship; Lulu Lobster Boat in Bar Harbor; and Kennedy Library and John Adams House/Library in Boston. Tendered in just one port - Bar Harbor - and that went very smoothly.

Can't really comment on the entertainment. Our days were so full, we were in bed fairly early. Those in our group who had been on other Princess ships, however, said the Crown productions/shows were disappointing. On the 2 at-sea days, they scheduled cards and Mah Jongg early afternoon in the Botticelli Dining Room. The Princess had sets available, but it took a bit at the start to find a complete set. Would also have been nice to have a waiter bring us drinks but we were on our own until they finally set up a water cooler with cups.

Were very comfortable in our cabin (see below). Starboard, we had a fabulous view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan from our balcony the morning we disembarked. Really looking forward to being back on Oceania Riviera next May. Will also definitely visit Nova Scotia and Maine again, but on a driving trip where we can spend more time in each area.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB D611
Really liked the extra space to spread out in the mini-suite. Comfortable beds. The tub was nice though we just use the shower . Easy to get in and out even when the ship was rocking because of the well placed grab bars. Steward brought us extra hangers so had plenty of those. Good location - on the end of the ship with the dining rooms so easy to get to breakfast, etc. Laundromat just a short distance down the hall. Can use room card to purchase detergent and dryer sheets. Could have used a chair there.
Just a few negatives - balcony didn't have an overhang. Not protected from rain or those looking down from above. Also is just over one of the life boats/tenders. View not obstructed but when they were cranked back up the ship one afternoon was quite noisy. Wish I had brought my own hair dryer - theirs wasn't powerful enough. Also, be sure to bring an extra outlet. They only have 2 outlets and could only charge one item at a time because many of the plugs are too wide to fit next to each other.
May depend on where they dock, but we disembarked at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and had a gorgeous view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline that morning. (We were Starboard.)
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Rainy night so couldn't see beautiful? scenery around Lac Beauport on bus drive but really glad we went. Food was much better than expected. Surprising how good the bean soup tasted with a little dash of maple syrup. Fiddle music was contagious. Tried the folk dancing and learned to play the spoons. A fun night!
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    Rough Start but Good Tour - Our group had originally signed up for 2 tour times - some to begin at 8 a.m. and others at 8:15 a.m.. The company, however, sent a last minute email that due to road construction they would like to get going at 7:30 a.m. The problem was that some got the email and others did not. They also did not respond to emails asking which times this applied to. We all decided to get there at the earlier time just in case. The main reason they wanted to leave early turned out to be that this would give them time to add more tours in the afternoon. (The Crown Princess extended her stay in Saguenay from 2 to 5 p.m.) Also, a little disappointing that because we left early we didn't get to enjoy the towns folk who were arriving at the pier in traditional costume.
    That said, once we got started, we really enjoyed our tour - in no small part thanks to our guide who quickly won us over. Felt like we had a really good introduction to Saguenay. Passed by a few sites in town, including the Ha! Ha! Pyramid and then visited the nativity scene exposition which was much more interesting than I expected. Short walk in the National Park with fabulous views of the fjord. Fall colors just starting. Ran into a few large tour buses in Anse-Saint-Jean but did get a few good photos of the covered bridge. Enjoyed several yummy treats - chocolate covered blueberries, local Perron cheddar cheese, and "nun's farts" pastries. Comfortable bus much smaller than the ship excursion buses. Plenty of bathroom breaks. The entire bus was singing and clapping when we arrived back at the pier.
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